Inuvik 16 April 2019 - The Chief Public Health Officer has rescinded the measles outbreak declared on March 6, 2019. At this time no new cases were identified since the initial two lab-confirmed cases.
April 16th is identified as the end of the outbreak period as two full incubation periods have occurred without additional cases.
Although this outbreak is over, we still have work to do. We should continue to encourage children, adolescents and those born after 1970 to get their vaccinations.
Higher vaccination rates prevent transmission in the community (“herd immunity”) and protect our most vulnerable residents including infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems who sometimes cannot be immunized.
For more information on measles visit:
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
1-867-767-9052 ext. 49034